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A Safe Way to Dispose of Unused or Expired Drugs

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County residents are being asked to join in a nationwide initiative this Saturday, Sept. 26, to turn in unused or expired medications, controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal during the 10th annual “Operation Take-Back program, which is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations around the county.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and his Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, plus Morris Plains Police Chief Jason Kohn, Randolph Police Chief David Stokoe and Mountain Lakes Police Chief Shawn Bennett have announced that their agencies will jointly participate in the event this weekend, with disposal sites to be set up in Morris Plains, Randolph and Mountain Lakes. 

There also will be disposal locations set up in Boonton, Butler, Chatham Borough, Florham Park, Harding, Lincoln Park and Roxbury, in Morris County, and in nearby Hopatcong, Livingston and Peapack at this time.

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To find out if your town is participating in Operation Take-Back, visit www.dea.gov and click on the “more information’’ button, or contact your local Police Department.

Operation Take-Back is a national initiative that provides residents with an easy way to properly dispose of unused medications or drugs to law enforcement officials without releasing personal information.  After the event, the medications will be collected in an environmentally safe manner.

The joint Randolph, Morris Plains, Mountain Lakes and Prosecutor’s Operation Take-Back sites will be located at the following three locations: 

  • Stop and Shop Supermarket, 245 Littleton Road, Morris Plains, N.J. 07950
  • Randolph Municipal Building, 502 Millbrook Road, Randolph, N.J. 07869
  • Mountain Lakes Fire Department, 400 Boulevard, Mountain Lakes, N.J. 07046

In addition to helping individuals dispose of unused prescription drugs, Operation Take-Back promotes awareness of juvenile prescription drug prevention efforts.

If you are unable to make it to a drop off location on Saturday, please visit  http://safehealthymorris.org/dropbox/ for a list of permanent drop box locations.

For more information on Saturday’s event contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6268 or 973 285-6200 or Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or darseneault@co.morris.nj.us.

 

                                                                                                  

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